Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hockey Pro Needs Level Head.(Career Marketplace)

Byline: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

Sidelined for nearly a month because of a right eye injury during the Feb. 23 game against the El Paso Buzzards, New Mexico Scorpion Peter Ambroziak relaxes one afternoon in the back yard with his son, Jake. The 4-year-old, digging in a flower box, is covered with mud. Watching him, Ambroziak laughs and remarks, "There's no flowers in there, so we're OK."

Good thing the 6'1", 200 lb. Canadian can take things in stride especially when it comes to what he considers the roller coaster of being a professional hockey player.

"There's definitely a lot of ups and downs, and one of the things you've gotta learn in this sport is that you've gotta kind of keep an even keel as much as possible try not to get too high on the highs and too low on the lows," Ambroziak explains. "Most guys really take it to heart when the team loses even if they've had a great game. …

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